June 28, 2017

Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open

19 June 2017, 04:56 | Tami Weber

Special week continues for Wisconsin's own Steve Stricker at U.S. Open Getty Images

Special week continues for Wisconsin's own Steve Stricker at U.S. Open			Getty Images

Of the 68 players who made the cut, Stricker ranks 54th in driving distance at 296.8 yards through three rounds.

Thomas, Fleetwood and Koepka ended the day a solitary shot off the pace, while Rickie Fowler and Kim Si-woo were firmly in contention at 10 and nine under respectively.

The US Open announced in February that its wallet had bulged to an eye-popping $12 million ($9.37 million), a new record for most money paid out to a field.

Thomas' eagle also had him at the top of the leaderboard for almost three hours - until Harman's consistency (67-70-67) put him second in U.S. Open 54-hole score history, behind Rory McIlory's 14-under-par at the 2011 championship.

A memorabilia display in his father's pro shop is a tribute to Justin Thomas' skill, fearlessness and knack for the extraordinary. I think there's a lot of tee shots that are left-to-right.

In another odd twist this year, the game's three top players - Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day - all missed the cut. He's alone in fifth place and two shots back of Harman.

The thrilling finish vaulted Thomas into the clubhouse lead on 11 under par late in the third round but with numerous contenders still out on the course and threatening to catch him.

"It's not easy by any means, it's the U.S. Open", he said. "They made me feel like they were pulling for me and helping me through that finish".

Three pars later, it was all over. In fact, it's wide-open going into the final round.

STRICKER'S DAY: Home-state favorite Steve Stricker keeps feeling the love from U.S. Open fans.

A ideal tee-shot left him in the centre of the fairway and he then ripped his second some 300 yards to leave himself with an eight-foot putt to clinch the lowest to par score in the history of the US Open.

The 24-year-old stormed to the top of the leaderboard at Erin Hills with an astonishing nine-under-par round.

Brian Harman's father is a dentist in Savannah, Ga. But Spieth might take some positives moving forward from his final round after having an up-and-down weekend. He was one of only nine golfers under par, with the leaders set to tee of later Sunday.

Outside of just wearing the colors, Reed said he understands the importance of winning the US Open as an American.

But Oostihuizen knows how quickly momentum can swing at a U.S. Open. It features a silhouette of Palmer in mid-stride, tossing his visor in the air.

He shot 59 this year in the first round of the Sony Open, the fourth of his PGA Tour victories.

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - Brian Harman stood on the podium with hands on hips, giving answers in the kind of matter-of-fact voice expected from someone used to the spotlight of a major championship. What slowed him on Saturday was a triple bogey on the third hole, but conditions were so tough that Woods shot even-par 71 and still increased his lead to 10 shots.

Koepka also reached the green in two on the 667-yard closing hole for a two-putt birdie and a 68. "(There's) no reason to answer that", said Thomas, who is now ranked 13th in the world.

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